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Gameday Thread, #158: Irrelevanceapalooza #1, 9/24 vs. Giants

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Eric Surkamp
LHP, 2-0, 2.95

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Ian Kennedy
RHP, 20-4, 2.88

Ok, calling this game "irrelevant" is probably a bit of a stretch, since home-field advantage for the post-season and stuff like that are dependent on the result, as is Ian Kennedy getting his 21st win of the season. But even if that should come to pass, I somehow doubt this game will end up with a procession of players leaping like lemmings into the Chase Field pool. That particular thrill is gone: the next five games will be played with an eye on what is to pass next weekend, as the post-season moves in to gear.

  1. Williie Bloomquist SS
  2. Aaron Hill 2B
  3. Chris Young CF
  4. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
  5. Ryan Roberts 3B
  6. Gerardo Parra RF
  7. Collin Cowgill LF
  8. Henry Blanco C
  9. Ian Kennedy RHP

Justin Upton and Miguel Montero get well-deserved days off, so that means CY in the #3 hole with Goldy in the clean-up spot. Still fairly optimistic about this one, simply because Kennedy has been so damn good of late. 12-1 in his past 14 starts, and an ERA since the All-Star break of 2.05. That's the man who will carry us as far into the post-season has he can. Full house at Chase tonigh: no doubt partly propelled by the RyRu bobbleheads, but there are only 15,000 of those, so two-thirds the crowd must be there to see the new NL West champion Arizona Diamondbacks. I like the sound of that....